What happens to the playing squad for next week if halfback Luke Brooks doesn't recover from a suspected posterior cruciate ligament strain in time?
The trial by fire currently being experienced by young players such as Clint Gutherson and Bevan French will benefit Parramatta from next season onwards.
It was the type of clutch play we have become accustomed to seeing from Shaun Johnson and his game-winning try was due to him not overthinking the play.
The Eels clung on grimly with the majority of their 2016 salary cap unavailable but with plenty to play for it was the Wests Tigers who prevailed.
The Melbourne Storm have jumped back to the top of the NRL Telstra Premiership after defeating the North Queensland Cowboys without Johnathan Thurston.
A clever play from Shaun Johnson in golden point saw him cross for the match-winning try and lift the Warriors to a 20-16 win over the Panthers.
It was rarely pretty but Wests Tigers have done enough to dispose of a badly undermanned Eels outfit at ANZ Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Cowboys and the Storm have named their finals teams for Saturday night's blockbuster clash at 1300 Smiles Stadium.
Dragons' duo Joel Thompson and Tyson Frizell and Bulldogs' five-eighth Josh Reynolds are all facing suspensions following Friday night's match at ANZ Stadium.
A try to Shaun Johnson in golden point has sealed a dramatic win for the Warriors over the Panthers in wet conditions on Saturday afternoon.